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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-6493-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-6493-2018
Research article
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08 May 2018
Research article |  | 08 May 2018

Microphysical variability of Amazonian deep convective cores observed by CloudSat and simulated by a multi-scale modeling framework

J. Brant Dodson, Patrick C. Taylor, and Mark Branson

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The vertical profiles of convection in the Amazon are sampled using CloudSat, with particular emphasis on day–night contrast. Focusing on vigorous deep convective cores reveals a distinct, previously unreported double-arc reflectivity feature in the contoured frequency by altitude diagram, likely corresponding with two modes of ice hydrometeor phase: snow versus graupel/hail. Replicating this feature in cloud-resolving models requires further improvements in the microphysical parameterization.
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